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R. Scott Hitt papers

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Identifier: Coll2013-091

Scope and Contents

The collection documents R. Scott Hitt's personal life as well as his professional work on HIV/AIDS research and treatment, HIV/AIDS groups and projects, LGBT political and support services, and political campaigns, 1958-2007. The personal papers include awards, birth and death records, school records, correspondence, clippings, insurance and medical records, receipts, and a scrapbook documenting the childhood, education, family, friends, travel, housing, activities, and daily personal life of Scott Hitt. The work papers include meeting minutes, financial records, political campaign records, correspondence, event and fundraising records, conference files, legal records, government bills and regulatory materials, contact lists, AIDS/HIV articles and clippings, reports, and research materials documenting Hitt's involvement in groups such as the American Academy of HIV Medicine (AAHIVM), Access Now for Gay and Lesbian Equality (ANGLE), Equality California (EQCA), the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV and AIDS (PACHA), and Bill Clinton's 1992 presidential campaign. The photographs document his work for politicians, AIDS/HIV causes, and gay rights, as well as his personal life.


  • 1958-2007


Conditions Governing Access

Access restrictions for mold-damaged materials.

Conditions Governing Use

All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the ONE Archivist. Permission for publication is given on behalf of ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives at USC Libraries as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained.


R. Scott Hitt was born in Lake Charles, Louisiana in 1958. Hitt was raised in Tucson, Arizona where he graduated high school at the age of 16. Starting medical school at the University of Arizona School of Medicine at the age of 20, Hitt earned his medical degree in 1983 and went on to become a Los Angeles-based physician specializing in HIV/AIDS treatment. During the late 1980s when the AIDS epidemic was ravaging the gay community, Hitt became politically involved in supporting HIV/AIDS treatment and research as well as gay rights issues.

Hitt became a nationally recognized speaker on HIV treatment and care, managed care, and public policy as it relates to HIV. In his primary care practice at Pacific Oaks Medical Group in Beverly Hills, one of the largest private practice providers of HIV/AIDS healthcare in the nation, Dr. Hitt was the primary care provider for over 1,000 patients with HIV.

Dr. Hitt has served on the Board of Directors of various AIDS, LGBT support services, and LGBT political organizations including: AIDS Project Los Angeles, AIDS Healthcare Foundation, the Gay and Lesbian Center of Los Angeles, the Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund, Equality California (EQCA), and Access Now for Gay and Lesbian Equality (ANGLE) which he co-founded in 1989. Hitt also served as a delegate at the 1992 Democratic National Convention and as Trustee of the National Democratic Party. Hitt also served as an advisor to the 1992 Clinton/Gore presidential campaign. In 1996, President Clinton appointed Hitt as chairman of the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS (PACHA); he was the first openly gay person to head a presidential advisory board. In 1999, Hitt stepped down from PACHA after being diagnosed with colon cancer.

After being accused of having molested two patients in his medical office in 2000, Hitt suspended practice and founded the American Academy of HIV Medicine (AAHIVM). The Academy was the first credentialing program for HIV care providers. Hitt also founded the R. Scott Hitt Foundation to nurture future gay and lesbian leaders through internship training in political organizing, fundraising, parliamentary procedures and other skills. Hitt passed away of metastatic colon cancer at his West Hollywood home at the age of 49 in 2007.

Source: Elaine Woo. "R. Scott Hitt, 49; activist, Clinton advisor on Aids." Los Angeles Times obituary, November 10, 2007.


16.75 Linear Feet (7 archive boxes, 1 archive carton, 6 archive binder boxes, and 1 flat archive box)

Language of Materials



Photographs, awards, school records, correspondence, clippings, meeting minutes, financial records, political campaign records, event and fundraising records, conference files, legal records, government initiatives and regulation materials, reports, and research materials documenting R. Scott Hitt's personal life as well as his work with HIV/AIDS research and treatment, HIV/AIDS groups and projects, LGBT politics and support services, and political campaigns, 1958-2007. Includes Hitt's records from the American Academy of HIV Medicine (AAHIVM), Access Now for Gay and Lesbian Equality (ANGLE), Equality California (EQCA), the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV and AIDS (PACHA), and Bill Clinton's 1992 presidential campaign.


This collection is arranged in the following series:

Series 1. Personal papers, 1958-2007

Series 2. Work papers, 1992-2007

Series 3. Photographs, 1958-2007


Donated by Alexander Koleszar, April 4, 2009.

Related Materials

AIDS History Project collection, Coll2007-015, ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives, Los Angeles, California.

Separated Materials

Separated to the ONE Archives program collections

10th annual clinical care options for HIV symposium. Scottsdale, AZ, May 4-7, 2000.

The 1998 Michigan conference on AIDS. Grand Rapids, MI, May 28-29, 1998.

Annual South Carolina STD/HIV conference. Oct 21-23, 1998.

Bergamo conference. Bergamo, Italy, Oct 9-11, 1998.

Clinical insights into antiretroviral treatment options. Teleconferences beginning Mar 13, 2000.

Distinguished faculty in HIV sponsored by Bristol-Myers Squibb immunology. Scottsdale, AZ, Mar 26-29, 1998.

First international conference on healthcare resource allocation for HIV/AIDS and other life-threatening illnesses. Washington, DC. Nov 10-11, 1997.

HIV/AIDS best practices for disease management in managed care. San Francisco, CA, Oct 3-4, 1996.

HIV treatment 2000: clinical management issues. Tucson, AZ, 2000.

Merck national community meeting. Redondo Beach, CA, Sept 18-20, 1998.

National HIV advisory board meeting. Telluride, CO, Aug 6-8, 1999.

National HIV advisory board meeting. Carefree, AZ, Mar 10-12, 2000.

National HIV advisory board meeting. Napa Valley, CA, Aug 11-13, 2000.

National Rural Health Association 22nd annual conference: tools for a healthy future. San Diego, CA, May 27-29, 1999.

National Rural Health Association 21st annual national conference. Orlando, FL, May 13-16, 1998.

New York and Pennsylvania HIV/STD conference. Buffalo, NY, Oct. 25-26, 1999.

Out Auction: imagination + liberation. A benefit of Gay and Lesbian Center, 1997.

Patient focused HIV treatment: strategies for 1999 and beyond. Denver, CO, Nov 12, 1998.

Southeastern conference on rural HIV/AIDS: issues in prevention and treatment. Atlanta, GA, Aug 14-15, 1997.

Staying alive. Denver, CO, Aug 15-17, 2003.

The team approach to HIV/AIDS management: strategies for success. Iselin, NJ, Nov 18, 1998.

Unity expo. San Francisco, CA, Aug 13-14, 1994.

Separated to the ONE Archives periodical collection

A&U, no.55 (May 1999)

The Advocate, (July 25, 1995; December 12, 1995)

ANGLE Newsletter (1991-1993)

Bugle: Las Vegas Lesbian and Gay News (September/October 1993)

Genre (Spring 1991, premiere issue)

IAVI Report: the newsletter on international AIDS vaccine research, v.6, no.4 (July-Sept 2002)

IAVI research and development agenda (Aug 2002)

In Magazine v.10, no.13 (August 7-20, 2007)

The Journal, v.3, no.3 (June 1998)

The NEXUS, v.1, no.1; v.2, no.3; v.3, no.1; v.3, no.2; v.4, no.1 (2001-2004)

North Jersey Community Research Initiative (NJCRI) Advances, (Winter/Spring 1997)

Out (December/January 1996)

Project Inform Perspective, 37 (Jan 2004)

Rural Clinician Quarterly, v.8, no.1 (Winter 1998)

Searchlight, v.3, no.4(August/September 1993)

Talkabout, no.85 (April 1998)

Separated to the ONE Archives library

A provider's handbook on culturally competent care: lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered population. Kaiser Permanente, 2000.

American Academy of HIV Medicine 2004 Annual Report. AAHIVM, 2004.

The Aids Drug Assistance Program Report: an information resource for ADAP administrators, v.11, no.3, 2004.

AIDS: an expanding tragedy: the final report of the National Commission on AIDS. National Commission on AIDS, 1993.

AIDS: no time to spare: the final report to the President of the United States. Presidential advisory council on HIV/AIDS, Sept 2000.

Antiretroviral Therapy in Resource-Limited Settings, module no.9. Global AIDS Learning & Evaluation Network (GALEN), 2002.

Barlett, John G., M.D. and Gallant, Joel E., M.D., M.P.H. Medical management of HIV infection. Johns Hopkins Univeristy School of Medicine, 2000.

Bradley-Springer, Lucy, Ph.D., R.N., A.C.R.N, et al. HIV: 2002 sourcebook for the healthcare clinician. 2002.

The California Domestic Partnership Law (AB 205): what it means for you and your family, EQCA and NCLR, 2005.

Clinical Investigation of Didanosine Administered Once Daily Update. Bristol-Meyers Squibb, 1998.

County of Los Angeles Department of Health Services: Office of AIDS Programs and Policy. August 14, 2002.

Desert AIDS Project Annual Report 2000.

Dolin, Raphael, M.D.; Masur, Henry, M.D.; and Sagg, Michael, M.D. (editors) AIDS therapy. Churchill Livingstone, 1999.

Feinberg, Judith, M.D. et al. Patient Focused HIV Treatment: strategies for 1999 and beyond. Sponsored by Brown University School of Medicine, 1999.

Hannan, John. America living with AIDS: transforming anger, fear, and indifference into action. National Commission on AIDS, 1991.

HIV medicine core curriculum learning objectives. American Academy of HIV Medicine (AAHIVM), 2003.

The HIV medicine self-directed study guide, volume 1. AAHIVM, 2003.

The HIV medicine self-directed study guide, volume 2. AAHIVM, 2003.

Introduction to Antiretroviral Therapies, module no. 8. Global AIDS Learning & Evaluation Network (GALEN), 2002.

On the frontline of an epidemic: the need for urgency in Russia's fight against AIDS. Transatlantic Partners Against AIDS, 2003.

Panel on clinical practices for the treatment of HIV infection: guidelines for the use of antiretroviral agents in HIV-infected adults and adolescents. February 2001.

Partnerships in Practice: National HIV/AIDS Strategy 1996-97 to 1998-99: A strategy framed in the context of sexual health and related communicable diseases. Looking Glass Press, 1996.

Reimbursement Issues in HIV Care: coding: the new and established patient office visit. AAHIVM, 2001.

Self-directed HIV medicine education program: clinical data on the recent educational objectives of the American Academy of HIV Medicine 2001 core curriculum. AAHIVM, 2001.

The state of the workplace for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Americans. Human Rights Campaign Foundation, 2004.

Separated to the ONE Archives audiovisual collection:

African AIDSTrek, 2002 orientation and house party video 10/17/2001. VHS.

AIDS: alternative therapies and the struggle for legalization 1993. VHS.

AIDS Commission DC. VHS.

AIDS Council Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS Conf. (bad quality). DVD.


AIDS Update 10/6/1995. VHS.

AIDS Update, Century Communications 12/06/1996. VHS.

An Extraordinary Place: Project Vote Smart's great divide range: doing extraordinary things. VHS.

ANGLE Dinner 10/2/1999. VHS.

ANGLE Dinner 10/2/1999, Clinton acknowledges Scott for AIDS Council. DVD.

Ask the Doctor - AIDS - Scott Hitt, M.D. VHS.

Being Alive Forum, Scott 5/22/1989. VHS.

Bill Clinton / ANGLE Event, LA 5/18/1992. VHS.

Carnes/Merck Physician Videos - Crixivan Meeting. VHS.

CBS News Up to the Minute - AIDS Program Segment 3/18/1998. VHS.

Century AIDS Update 12/1994. VHS.

City of West Hollywood: Into the Streets: AB101 Demonstrations. VHS.

Clinton Campaign (VHS marked "40"). VHS.

Clinton Inter Gays in Military. VHS.

CNBC - Scott 1/26/2005. VHS.

CNN Interview - The Rights of the Dying, David Kessler. VHS.

CNN Million Man March - Clinton. Stephanopoulos on G/L & ENDA, 10/20/1995. VHS.

Continuing Medical Education (CME), "AZT Therapy: When to Start." VHS.

Cytolin Drug. VHS.

Dave Mixner, Special Speaker, General Conference XVI, Phoenix, AZ 1993. VHS.

David Mixner, Gay Rights Activist NPC Luncheon 4/23/1993. VHS.

David Mixner on Face the Nation regarding same-sex marriage debate, circa 1995; David Mixner on ABC News regarding his book Stranger Among Friends, circa 1997. VHS.

Dr. Scott Hitt/CSPAN Press Conference. VHS.

Entertainment This Week, "Commitment to Life" 2/6/1994. VHS.

Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund, "Recognizing Our Own". VHS.

Head On. VHS.

Health on SRTV, 6/2/1992. VHS.

Human Rights Campaign Fund (HRCF) Winter Ball 1994. VHS.

Increase your AIDS awareness, hosted by Sara, Jake, and Chris. VHS.

Is AZT right for Me? An educational video for people living with HIV disease 1995. VHS.

Is This the Cure 1996. VHS.

KCAL Interview (Steroids, Magic Johnson). VHS.

L.A. Shanti "15th Anniversary". VHS.

Larry King Live. VHS.

Maria Shriver Special. VHS.

Motivational Media, "Positive 20's" 3/15/1995. VHS.

PACHA Press Conference 3/17/1998. VHS.

PhenoSense GT: Combination HIV Drug Resistance Assay Slide Kit (with CD-ROM)

Phil Tarley, "The Year of the Queer" 1992. VHS.

Quilt. VHS.

Scott '97 Interviews, Leeza Show. DVD.

Scott Hitt: Ask the Doctor. DVD

Scott Hitt, Century Channel, AIDS Update. DVD.

Scott Hitt Interviews 1994. VHS.

Scott Hitt Interviews 1995/1996. VHS.

Scott Hitt Interviews 05/1996. VHS.

State of the Union / Leeza. VHS.

Stonewall, directed by Nigel Finch 8/20/1996. VHS.

The Team Approach to HIV/AIDS Management: Strategies for Success 1998. VHS.

Victory Fund Bel Age. VHS.

Week in Review. Panel on HIV/AIDS with Scott Hitt.

Week in Review with Bill Rosendahl 5/8/1998. VHS.

The Wellness Community - West Los Angeles, A Tribute to the Human Spirit Awards Dinner - 3/26/2003. VHS.

Separated to the ONE Archives non-LGBT magazine cover story collection

California Physician, June 1997. ("AIDS in 1997")

Separated to the ONE AIDS history project collection

AAHIVM, American Academy of HIV Medicine, media kit, 2004.

Consolidated Laboratory Services, presentation notes regarding HIV/AIDS.

Stavudine vs. Zidovudine in Dual Combination Therapy: The ALBI (ANRS 070) and Amsterdam Cohort Studies, 1999.

Processing Information

Collection processed by Clarice de Veyra, December 9, 2013.

  • 60th Annual Golden Globe Awards. Hollywood Foreign Press Association, 2003. A Focus on Primary Care for 1999. National Lipid Education Council (NLEC), 1999. (CD-ROM) A Service of Healing: Temple Israel: Minneapolis, Minnesota, VHS. ACP Journal Club: Evidence-Based Medicine for Better Patient Care, v. 136, no.3 (May/June 2002) Alumnus, The University of Arizona. v. 85, no. 1 (Fall 2007) Barry, Bryan W. Strategic Planning Workbook for Nonprofit Organizations. Amherst H. Wilder Foundation, 2003. City maps Communications Toolkit: A Guide to Navigating Communications for the Nonprofit World, 2005. Easy Jazz. Avastin (bevacizumab), CD. The Hollywood Reporter: Golden Globes Special Issue, January 14-20, 2003. Hotel pamphlets and information Legal responsibilities of nonprofit boards, governance series 5 How to help your board govern more and manage less, governance series 8 Leadership roles in nonprofit governance, governance series 9 Mariner, Fall 2006. The New York Times Magazine, June 3, 2007/Section 6 The nonprofit board's role in setting and advancing the mission, governance series 6 The nonprofit board's role in planning and evaluation, governance series 7 Paradigm, management training, VHS. Pierson, Jane and Mintz, Joshua. Assessment of the chief executive: a tool for governing boards and chief executives of nonprofit organizations. BoardSource, 1995. Pierson, Jane and Mintz, Joshua. Assessment of the chief executive: questionnare. BoardSource, 2005. Presidential Bloopers: A Loving Look at Our Nation's Leaders, 1999, VHS. Project Vote Smart's Great Divide Ranch: An Extraordinary Place Doing Extraordinary Things, VHS. The PRN Notebook, v.7, no.3; v.7, no.4 (September, December 2002) Prospectus for the American College of Physicians Patient Education Program. Sister Wendy Baroque/Romanticism, VHS. Support for Caregivers: When Some You Love is Being Treated for Cancer. National Cancer Institute, 2005. Taking Time: Support for People with Cancer and the People Who Care About Them. National Cancer Institute, 2003. Tech manuals.


Finding Aid to the R. Scott Hitt Papers, 1958-2007
Clarice de Veyra and Kyle Morgan
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